Steelers K Chris Boswell perfect in preseason debut versus Detroit Lions

Steelers Pro Bowl kicker Chris Boswell got down to work Saturday in Pittsburgh’s win over the Detroit Lions. 

The kicker competition that never really was ended earlier this week with the release of Sam Sloman, who started the first two games of Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 preseason.

With that out of the way, Steelers veteran kicker Chris Boswell got down to work Saturday in Pittsburgh’s win over the Detroit Lions.

Responsible for 14 of the Steelers 26 points, the Pro Bowler went 4-for-4 in field goal attempts, and both extra points were good.

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Steelers vs Lions: 4 big takeaways from this preseason game

It was fun to see Ben Roethlisberger in command of the Steelers offense.

The third preseason game is always the big one for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This year Pittsburgh took on the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field and definitely put on a great show for the fans. The Steelers came away with the 26-20 win and moved to 3-0 in the preseason. Here are our four big takeaways from the win.

Advantage Steelers: First-year NFL head coach’s loss is Pittsburgh’s gain

When first-year, first-time NFL head coaches want their own handpicked players, the Pittsburgh Steelers wisely swoop in.

As noted by Bob Labriola of, first-year, first-time NFL head coaches prefer to be surrounded by coaches and players who they handpick.

The Pittsburgh Steelers go so far as to instruct their scouting staff to keep an eye on these particular situations, as bargain deals (and steals) can often be made.

Here are four recent examples of players who landed in Pittsburgh after being released or traded by a team with a new head coach.


Steelers vs Lions preseason: How to watch, listen and stream Saturday’s game

This is the preseason game Steelers fans don’t want to miss.

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Here is everything you need to know so you can watch, listen to or stream this week’s Pittsburgh Steelers game. The Steelers have their first home preseason game of the year as they welcome in-state rival Philadelphia Eagles. This is the Steelers most important preseason game and should be the best look at the Steelers projected starters. This is one you don’t want to miss.

Game information:

Detroit Lions @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Kickoff: Saturday, August 21 at 7:30 pm ET

Venue: Heinz Field

Weather: Temps in the 70s


National television: NFL Network, FOX

Local television: KDKA (CBS) in Pittsburgh

Online: You can also tune in online with NFL Game Pass and FuboTV (try it for free).

Radio: Westwood One and Steeler Nation Radio will have the game, as well as WDVE 102.5 FM & WBGG 970, AM local.

You can also follow the game with us @TheSteelersWire and of course here on Steelers Wire with our live updates during the game, along with highlights of all the key moments from this week’s game. Join us straight after the final whistle for more in-depth coverage, injury updates, and analysis of all the action.

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9 Steelers that need a big game vs the Lions

We want to see big games from these nine Steelers.

Some Pittsburgh Steelers are battling to hold their spots on the depth chart and others are just fighting to stay off the roster bubble. With two preseason games left, these are the nine Steelers we expect to have a big game this week against the Detroit Lions.

Steelers vs Lions: 4 position battles to keep an eye on

There are still some excellent position battles on the Steelers roster

The third preseason game of the year is always the most important for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This isn’t only the game where Pittsburgh plays the bulk of its starters but since they only play a series or two, it’s a great game to get a look at the Steelers backups against the opposing team’s starter. Here are the four position battles we are most interested in and will be watching on Saturday night against the Detroit Lions.

Ben Roethlisberger tells offensive line not to forget about the quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger has offensive line on the mind.

Entering what may (or may not) be his last season in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has the offensive line on his mind.

With offseason focus on improving a dead-last run game via rookie running back Najee Harris, Big Ben hopes that Pittsburgh’s linemen haven’t forgotten about the quarterback.

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“I hope their biggest pride… I know that everyone is preaching running the ball, right… We have to run the ball better, this, that, and the other.”

“I hope that their biggest pride is protecting the quarterback,” Roethlisberger recently told SiriusXM’s Movin’ the Chains.

Pass protection, pass protection, pass protection.

The Steelers offensive line did a stand-up job (pun intended) at protecting their quarterback last season. Ben Roethlisberger took a record-low 13 sacks, but he also got the ball out of his hands at a rate like never before because the players couldn’t hold their blocks.

Either way, the performance of that O-line is a thing of the past because only one starter returned for the 2021 season.

Following Pittsburgh’s win over the Eagles, Steelers head coach Tomlin said Roethlisberger would play versus the Detroit Lions. Although only for a series or two, it’ll be our first and only preseason glimpse of Big Ben with the first team.

The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Detroit Lions Saturday at 7:30 p.m. eastern for preseason Week 2.

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